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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Reds acquire Cantu, Cumberland and cash from D-Rays

From the Reds..... Cincinnati Reds executive vice president and general manager Wayne Krivsky today announced the acquisition of IF Jorge Cantu, OF Shaun Cumberland and cash from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for RHP Calvin Medlock, LHP Brian Shackelford and future considerations.

Cantu, who is on the 40-man roster, will be optioned to Class AAA Louisville. The Bats and Tampa Bay's Durham affiliate are scheduled to play a doubleheader tonight at Louisville Slugger Field. Cumberland will be assigned to Class AA Chattanooga.

Cantu, 25, in 2005 produced a club-record 117 RBI and was named the Devil Rays' Most Valuable Player by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He led the Major Leagues by driving in 21.1 percent of the baserunners he inherited, and his RBI total that season was the most by an American League player prior to the age of 24 since 22-year-old Alex Rodriguez had 124 RBI in 1998.

This season, Cantu appeared in 25 games for Tampa Bay and 23 games for Durham.

Cumberland, 22, was selected by the Devil Rays in the 10th round of the June 2003 first-year player draft. In his first professional season he was named Princeton's Player of the Year and in 2006 he produced 16 HR and 98 RBI at Southwest Michigan. Cumberland has spent this season at Class AA Montgomery, where in 99 games he hit .246 with 6 HR an 34 RBI.


at 10:43 AM Blogger Ron said...

Why do all references to Cantu provide 2005 and 2007 statistics, but nothing about 2006? What happened in 2006 that lowered his value?

at 11:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a baseball perspective, i see nothing bad about the trade. You gave up a AAA pitcher that can't get anyone out and a pretty good AA pitcher, Medlock, who is a few years away from any possibility.
Cantu could just be a steal if he gets serious again.

at 12:40 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

I think Cantu "can do" 2005 all over again. The Reds did a smart thing in betting on it!

at 11:04 PM Anonymous mikec said...

John, what do scouts, etc. say about Cantu? Has he just been hurt? I mean you don't drive in 117 runs on a bad team as a fluke.

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